Everton FC is closing in on a site for a new stadium, its chief executive has revealed.
The club is looking to build a new 50,000 seat stadium within the city boundaries of Liverpool and chief executive Robert Elstone has said it has identified several sites, with one in particular appealing to the club, though the location of the sites was not revealed.
The club announced last June, it was exploring a location for a potential new stadium in collaboration with Liverpool City Council. A number of different sites are being explored.
A team of external advisors, including planners, architects, designers and regeneration experts, have been consulted on the proposed venture, with the viability of a 50,000 capacity new home under consideration.
“The stadium remains a big priority,” said Elstone. “We’re not ruling out any of the sites that we’ve identified and that the council has presented to us, but there is one site which is getting more attention and has been getting more attention for a number of months.
“It has been worked on very carefully, diligently and in some detail by not only Everton, but by the council and by advisors, planners, architects, designers, cost consultants, regeneration experts and solicitors. So there’s a lot of work going into something that we’re very excited about.”
Mr Elstone warned, however, that the club would still have to consider associated risks and debt which “may or may not be the right thing to do”.
He added: “We wouldn’t be investing what we’re doing without thinking it had a chance of success, and there’s a commitment as always to share information with our fans as soon as we can.”
Everton currently sits fifth in the FA Premiership, one spot below UEFA Champions League qualification which is estimated by Kieran Maguire of University of Liverpool’s Management School to be worth around £25m.
Everton’s city rivals Liverpool FC unveiled new stadium plans, believed to be worth around £150m, for the extension of its ground Anfield, last week.